As midnight approached on the eve of the Republican convention in Virginia, party loyalists were tipping beers and listening to country music at a rollicking fete hosted by Pete Snyder, a front-runner for the nomination for lieutenant governor. Read full article >>
It takes a special kind of person to really appreciate the Consumer Price Index. The CPI measures inflation, and lots of folks pay attention to it when the number (a 0.4 percent decrease in April) is released each month. Read full article >>
President Obama has nominated Katherine Archuleta, a top official in his 2012 campaign, to head the Office of Personnel Management. Archuleta, the second Hispanic nominee for a political appointment during Obama’s second term, served as national political director on his reelection team and helped organize the blockbuster Democratic National Convention in Denver during his 2008 run. Her work in the government includes roles as chief of staff to then-Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis from 2009 to 2011, senior policy adviser for the city and county of Denver from 2005 and 2009, and chief of staff to then-Transportation Secretary Federico F. Pena during the latter years of the Clinton administration. Read full article >>
President Obama declared an end to a fearful chapter in American history on Thursday and demanded more from the country and himself as it enters the next. Obama’s speech at the National Defense University reflected an unusual ambivalence from a commander in chief over the morality of his administration’s counterterrorism policies. Read full article >>
Three of the largest federal agencies will close to the public on Friday, the first time since the government shutdowns of the 1990s that large corners of the government have ceased operations on a weekday. Read full article >>
And here we thought Senate Republicans were sharpening their knives for Penny Pritzker , the billionaire hotel and real estate magnate nominated by President Obama to be commerce secretary. But during her first Capitol Hill hearing Thursday, the GOP seemed to have donned kid gloves just for the occasion. Read full article >>
The Internal Revenue Service on Thursday announced that it had replaced Lois Lerner, a top official who oversaw the agency's "determinations" division during the scandal that involved targeting of conservative groups. Read full article >>
President Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose embrace in the wake of Hurricane Sandy was a memorable show of bipartisanship on the eve of last fall's election, will reunite on the Jersey Shore next week. Read full article >>
The Senate unanimously confirmed Sri Srinivasan on Thursday to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, one of the nation’s most influential courts. The 97 to zero vote in favor of Srinivasan, the principal deputy solicitor general, marks the first time since 2006 that the Senate has confirmed a nominee to the D.C. Circuit. President Obama has been hoping to shift the conservative tilt of the court, which is poised to rule on several key elements of his second-term agenda in the months ahead. Read full article >>
EARLIER ON THE FIX: Gun control vs. gun rights, in one interactive graphic Generic ballot tilts toward Democrats Why hasn't Lois Lerner been fired? Read full article >>
President Obama’s choice for assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs is Victoria Nuland, who was involved in editing controversial talking points about the attack last year in Benghazi, Libya.
A measure would limit a commander’s ability to dismiss a court-martial conviction and discharge those convicted of rape or sexual assault.
In a widely anticipated speech, President Obama on Thursday said he would impose new curbs on the use of drone strikes, and he sought to renew his effort to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
Filling a long-vacant seat on an important appeals court passes for progress in a legislative body where partisan wrangling continues to hold up many important posts.
Representative Jo Bonner, a former chairman of the House Ethics Committee, will resign from Congress this fall to take a job at the University of Alabama, setting the stage for a special election.
Lois Lerner, the head of the tax division on exempt organizations, was put on administrative leave a day after she invoked the Fifth Amendment before a House committee.
WASHINGTON--Differences over whether immigrants should be deported for failing to have health insurance or pay their healthcare bills have stalled a bipartisan group of House lawmakers, who blew past a self-imposed Thursday deadline as they press forward on a sweeping immigration overhaul.
WASHINGTON -- Lois Lerner, the head of the IRS office under fire for improperly targeting conservative groups, was replaced by the agency's acting commissioner on Thursday, a day after she insisted she had done nothing wrong and refused to answer questions before a congressional committee.
WASHINGTON -- Deputy Solicitor General Sri Srinivasan, a rising star in legal circles, won an easy and unanimous Senate confirmation Thursday to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, giving President Obama his first appointee to a conservative-leaning court that decides major regulatory disputes.
WASHINGTON -- Under pressure from Congress and international allies, President Obama announced a change in what has been a central piece of his counter-terrorism strategy, saying he will place new restrictions on the targeting of terrorists with missiles fired from drones.
WASHINGTON -- More than 100 conservative economists will call on Congress to approve an immigration overhaul, highlighting the potential economic benefits.
WASHINGTON — A top Internal Revenue Service official invoked the 5th Amendment and declined to testify Wednesday before a House committee investigating the agency’s mishandling of applications by some conservative groups for tax-exempt status.
Anthony Weiner tweets about his race for mayor, suggesting he's starting off low key.
Heather French Henry, Miss America 2000, says she's being urged to take on Mitch McConnell.
GOP governor heads to Iowa, stoking speculation about future White House bid.
Former first daughter helps lead a university program that reaches across religious lines.
Democrat highlights the challenges of eating healthy on a budget of $1.60 per meal.
Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association lobbies for Wall Street firms.
SPRINGFIELD --- An Illinois House panel today approved a concealed weapons bill that supporters say attempts to walk the fine line between gun rights advocates and gun control supporters, but some Chicago-area lawmakers want a more restrictive bill.
The Illinois House today sent Gov. Pat Quinn legislation that would raise the speed limit on non-urban interstate highways from 65 mph to 70 mph.
SPRINGFIELD --- Illinois public schools that teach sex education will be required to provide information about birth control under a measure the Senate sent to Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday.
SPRINFFIELD -- Gov. Pat Quinn's effort to block ComEd from hiking rates was rejected by state lawmakers on Wednesday.
Chicago drivers can now make their annual payment for the privilege of keeping a car in the city.
Lang's law firm ties to Calumet City prompt him to step aside — The Illinois House's longtime gambling expansion point man has dropped his sponsorship of a casino bill to avoid a potential conflict of interest.
A who's who of women pols launched an effort to keep pervy ex-Assemblyman Vito Lopez out of the City Council Thursday, backing his Democratic primary opponent, Antonio Reynoso, for the Brooklyn seat.
President Obama will visit the Jersey Shore on Tuesday with Gov. Chris Christie to view Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.
Score another Congressional victory for Monsanto.
ALBANY — Maybe they can settle it on the lanes. A bill meant to help bowling alley owners is pitting them against trial lawyers — and it’s likely the attorneys will win.
When it comes to Mayor Bloomberg’s bike share program, the mayoral candidates are all along for the ride. Anthony Weiner - the newest entrant in the race for City Hall - flaunted his CitiBike membership tag on the Jim Lehrer Show Thursday.
State lawmakers are trying to carve out a loophole for retired cops in the sweeping state gun control law that Gov. Cuomo has touted as the toughest in the nation.
Cartel member pleads guilty in agent's murderHouston ChronicleCopyright 2013 Houston Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 8:13 pm, Thursday, May 23, 2013 WASHINGTON - A Mexican drug cartel member pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court onThursday to the murder of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent Jaime Zapata of Brownsville during an ambush in Mexico."Special agent Zapata died for his country in a senseless brutal attack, and special agent Avila was grievously wounded in the same ambush by members of the Los Zetas cartel," said Mythili Raman, acting assistant U.S. attorney.Following the plea, the federal court unsealed documents that revealed the gui…
Sexual assault victims in military would gain rights under billHouston ChronicleCopyright 2013 Houston Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 6:57 pm, Thursday, May 23, 2013 WASHINGTON - The robust congressional response to sexual assault cases in the military took a new turn Thursday when Sen. Richard Blumenthal introduced legislation that would give military crime victims the same basic rights as civilian crime victims.1 Notify the victim about any public proceeding in an investigation, court-martial, involuntary plea hearing, pre-sentencing hearing, or parole hearing involving the offense or of any release or escape of the accused.Blumenthal introduced the legislation…
Capitol Hill appalled by sex-case dataHouston ChronicleCopyright 2013 Houston Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 4:25 pm, Thursday, May 23, 2013 After new accounts of retaliation against troops who report sexual assault emerged in a San Antonio Express-News series this week, Washington lawmakers and advocates condemned the military's handling of the issue and expressed growing urgency for reform.The investigative series "Twice Betrayed," detailed a pattern of questionable psychiatric diagnoses used by the military to expel victims, while many of the accused offenders faced no criminal punishment.In response to the series, Carl Woog, assistant press secretary for the…
Veteran Galveston legislator won't seek re-electionHouston ChronicleCopyright 2013 Houston Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 11:04 pm, Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Craig Eiland said it was time for him to be a good husband, a good father and a good lawyer - in that order.
Criticism of city schools mounts after critical findingsCriticism of city schools mounts after critical findings
Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger on Thursday joined the chorus of lawmakers criticizing Baltimore City schools for spending stimulus money and dollars designated for poor children on $99-per-person fried chicken dinners, a makeover day and two cruises through the Inner Harbor.
Former Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith is one of the final candidates in talks to become Gov. Martin O'Malley's new transportation secretary, according to several people familiar with the situation.
Baltimore office among worst-performing in nationA bipartisan group of lawmakers pressed the Obama administration Wednesday to reduce the backlog of disability claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs by improving cooperation between the several agencies that have a role in the process.
Civilian workers would contribute to pensions for first time in decadesWith the city retirement system short hundreds of millions of dollars in unfunded liabilities, officials say they are likely to begin requiring municipal employees to contribute to their pensions.
Senate considers whether to extend sweet dealSome of Baltimore's best-known candy makers are pressing Congress to overturn a decades-old sugar policy they say is leaving a bad taste in their mouth.
President Barack Obama sought Thursday to advance the U.S. beyond the unrelenting war effort of the past dozen years, defining a narrower terror threat from smaller networks and homegrown extremists rather than the grandiose plots of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida.
A day after she refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing, Lois Lerner was replaced Thursday as director of the Internal Revenue Service division that oversaw agents who targeted tea party groups.
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TALLAHASSEE – A divided appeals court ruled Wednesday that Florida legislators should not be questioned under oath about whether they "intended" to gain partisan advantage when they re-drew congressional maps last year.
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A Winter Park woman was among several advocates for immigration reform who met Tuesday with President Barack Obama at the White House.
TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott has signed an elections bill that attempts to reverse some of the restrictions the Republican-controlled Legislature put in place in 2011, including allowing more early-voting.
Since announcing several weeks ago that he is considering running for governor, Abel Maldonado has raised a tiny sum of money, established a Facebook page and started mocking incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown online.State Sen. Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria, left, shares a light moment with Sen. Lou Correa, D-Anaheim, before his confirmation hearing at the Capitol Monday. The California Senate voted 25-7 to approve Maldonado as California's lieutenant governor . The 42-year-old Maldonado, who was nominated by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, is expected to be sworn in this week to replace Democrat John Garamendi.April 26, 2010State Sen. Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria, answers media questions after his successful confirmation as California's lieutenant governor at the Capitol Monday. Th…
Sen. Rand Paul brought his national ambitions to Iowa on Friday, ripping potential Democratic rival Hillary Clinton while urging his own Republican Party to broaden its appeal as he campaigned like it was already 2016.Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks at the 2012 Republican National Convention
For much of Woodland's history, there have been two constants: Its City Council members have always been elected citywide, and they have nearly always been white.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. on Friday called for the White House to conduct a "transparent, government-wide review" after the IRS admitted that they scrutinized conservative groups during the 2012 election.A tea party supporter sits on the Capitol steps during a Sacramento rally last year, holding a signthat compares President Obama to Cubas Fidel Castro.
The state Senate voted Thursday night to raise the minimum wage — after a huge clash between Republicans and Democrats.
Long-time chief state medical examiner H. Wayne Carver announced Thursday that he is retiring and will be replaced by the deputy medical examiner in New York City.
Malloy Unsure If He'd Sign Measure Into lawPrompted by recent drowning deaths of students in public schools, the state House of Representatives on Wednesday unanimously approved bipartisan legislation to increase safety in swimming pools.
A coalition of gun owners, gun dealers and firearms rights organizations have sued the governor and members of the state's attorney's office, contending that the gun law passed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings violates the Constitution.
A secretly drafted bill to block release of photos, tapes of 911 calls and death certificates related to the Dec. 14 Newtown elementary school massacre could be acted on in the General Assembly as early as the end of the week, officials said Wednesday.
Former Congressional Candidate Gives Most Detailed Comments Since Scandal Broke Nearly A Year AgoIn his most detailed comments since the scandal broke last year, former House Speaker Christopher Donovan said Tuesday that he never fell for a campaign finance scheme by an FBI informant and that his vote in the legislature was never for sale.
GOP's Walker touts state ties during trip to IowaAssociated PressCopyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 8:21 pm, Thursday, May 23, 2013 [...] the Wisconsin governor weighing a 2016 bid for president spent seven years as a young child living in Plainfield, a tiny town in northwest Iowa Walker referred to a half-dozen times during a 40 minute speech at a Republican fundraiser.More broadly, the rising GOP figure prescribed what he characterized as a Midwestern approach to politics and the way for Republicans, back-to-back White House losers, to win again.The first-term governor, who has won party acclaim for taking on unions and overcame a contentious recal…
Rep. Jo Bonner resigning to take Ala. college postAssociated PressCopyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 7:42 pm, Thursday, May 23, 2013 In the letter to his congressional colleagues, the six-term Republican said he will resign to become vice chancellor of government relations and economic development at the University of Alabama System.The governor's press secretary, Jennifer Ardis, said the governor has not set a timetable for the special election.UA system spokeswoman Kellee Reinhart said school officials have not determined how much Bonner will be paid in his new position.
Obama to tour Jersey Shore with Gov. ChristieWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to give the Jersey Shore a boost with a post-Memorial Day visit to showcase recovery efforts in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.The White House says the president will tour the coastline with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday and speak about the need to expand economic opportunities for middle-class families hit by the storm.
NY senator: Assaults let military culture continueAssociated PressCopyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 5:55 pm, Thursday, May 23, 2013 ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Charges that an Army sergeant secretly photographed and videotaped women at West Point are part of a military-wide pattern of sexual misconduct, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said Thursday.The allegation comes the same month the Pentagon released a report estimating that as many as 26,000 military members may have been sexually assaulted last year and that thousands of victims are unwilling to come forward despite new oversight and assistance programs.Service members afraid of retaliation or jeopard…
Obama sees narrower terror threat, defends dronesAssociated PressCopyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 4:33 pm, Thursday, May 23, 2013 WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sought Thursday to advance the U.S. beyond the unrelenting war effort of the past dozen years, defining a narrower terror threat from smaller networks and homegrown extremists rather than the grandiose plots of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida."Neither I, nor any president, can promise the total defeat of terror," Obama told his audience of students, national security and human rights experts and counterterror officials.A rare coalition of bipartisan lawmakers has pressed for more ope…
Obama lifts ban on Guantanamo transfers to YemenAssociated PressCopyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 4:48 pm, Thursday, May 23, 2013 WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is lifting his self-imposed ban on transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees to Yemen, where a leadership upheaval has improved the country's security but not eliminated a terrorist organization trying to recruit jihadists.Obama wouldn't send them home and no other country was welcoming them, and their hopelessness after a decade or more of imprisonment had contributed to a hunger strike at the detention facility that helped reignite the long-stalled effort to close it.[...] Obama's…
Tea party vs. old guard in GOP Senate riftAssociated PressCopyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 4:04 pm, Thursday, May 23, 2013 WASHINGTON (AP) — A long-simmering feud between establishment Republicans and tea partyers broke into full view Thursday, with Sen. John McCain accusing younger colleagues of overplaying their hands and tempting Democrats to change Senate rules that protect the minority party.Tactics for dealing with the government's budget and debt became the latest quarrel In a string of them between McCain —sometimes joined by other traditionalist Republicans —and tea party champions such as Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike…
AP NewsAlertGRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — Boy Scouts approve plan to accept openly gay boys as Scouts; ban on gay adult leaders remains.
Senate votes to cut crop insurance aid for wealthyAssociated PressCopyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 3:50 pm, Thursday, May 23, 2013 Supporters have deflected other attempts on the Senate floor to reduce government help for agriculture, including proposals to trim sugar subsidies and crop insurance.Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., argued that the amendment would result in fewer people buying insurance and undercut a separate provision in the bill that would require farmers buying crop insurance to comply with certain environmental standards on their land.While cutting some other subsidies to divert money to deficit re…
NJ students to help Michelle Obama harvest gardenAssociated PressCopyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 3:01 pm, Thursday, May 23, 2013 The New Jersey students are from Union Beach Memorial School in Union Beach and Long Beach Island Grade School in Ship Bottom.Mrs. Obama planted the garden in 2009 to help launch her campaign against childhood obesity and to encourage healthier eating.